August 27, 2012
By: Larry Rulison
Source: Times Union
Global builder looks to job fair to fill 50 spots as it eyes other projects
ALBANY — Showing why it decided to move its headquarters from a
semiconductor hub in Texas to the Watervliet Arsenal, M+W Group is
holding a job fair Tuesday at Albany NanoTech on Fuller Road in the
hopes of filling more than 50 jobs — some of which pay more than
M+W is the company that led the construction of the $7 billion
GlobalFoundries computer chip factory in Saratoga County, and it also
helped to build much of Albany NanoTech, the sprawling high-tech campus
of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and
Even though M+W has been winding down its operations at the
GlobalFoundries site as the first phase of the project comes to a close,
Richard Whitney, the CEO of M+W's U.S. operations, wouldn't rule out
that the company would compete for the contract for a $2 billion
expansion that is about to get under way.
"M+W — this is what we do," Whitney said last week. "GlobalFoundries is going through that selection process right now."
Whitney did say, however, that the company's latest hiring spree isn't
just about local projects, but high-tech construction that the company
is overseeing all over the world. Salaries range from $40,000 to more
than $100,000 for positions that range from engineers to architects and
The company is also planning a $1 million scholarship fund for the
NanoCollege that it says shows that the company's interests are aligned
not only with the school but also with the growth of the area's
high-tech workforce and economy.
"That's an initiative that we want to be a part of," Whitney said.
Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of the NanoCollege, said that the goal of the
job fair is also to get women and minority groups more involved in the
local high-tech scene. He said that the Cuomo administration, which has
supported the college with hundreds of million of dollars in funding
despite trying to cut back on government spending, has been pushing M+W
and others to target and seek out underrepresented groups for employment
"It requires the private sector to be open to it," Kaloyeros said.